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In London, the radiologist Gina McVey organizes a surprise birthday party to her father John McVey with her boyfriend Stefan Chambers, her brother Daniel McVey and his girlfriend Kate Coleman. On the next day, she sees herself driving a car on the street and she follows the woman to her apartment, where she finds a picture of her father and her. While driving back, she has a car crash and loses parts of her memory; further, she believes Stefan is another man. Gina decides to investigate what is happening and unravels a dark reality. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The inventive spelling of the title reads somewhat silly in Norwegian and Danish since the Ø in broken is a letter in the alphabet in these languages and sounds like the "u" in "burden". In addition "brøken" is the Norwegian and Danish word meaning "the fraction". See more »
When Gina wakes up and sits on the edge of the bed you can see she is topless. if you look closely you can tell she is wearing panties, and still appears to be when she leaves the room. When the camera goes to show her walking through her house her naked butt is visible, so what happened to the panties? See more »
[opening screen, small text on black]
You have conquered and I yield.
Yet henceforward art thou also dead - dead to the World, to Heaven, and to Hope!
In me didst thou exist - and, in my death, see by this image, which is thine own, how utterly thou hast murdered thyself.
Edgar Allan Poe
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If the music played during the first half of the closing credits sounds a bit off, that's because it's being played backwards. See more »
This was one of the 8 films to die for at the Afterdark Horrorfest III, directed and written by little know Sean Ellis who previously worked on Cashback, which is also worth a look, in which he proved his artistic flair, he happens to be a dying breed in the film world a director and writer combined. Broken is a strange creature it genre jumps throughout the film, it's not quite a horror and not quite a thriller and not quite a mystery. So what the hell is it? Well the answer to that is that it is a intriguing piece of British cinema, which in itself is a dying breed. Lena Heady, TV's Sarah Connor, plays Gina McVey a radiologist who lives a relatively normal and simplistic life, don't they all?, who sees herself driving a car and being a normal person decides to follow herself (?) to her (?) apartment and finds a picture of her and her father (!), on the way back from this investigation obviously quite shocked by the discovery she crashes in a spectacular car crash scene that is remarkably beautiful after this accident she looses parts of her memory, she then starts to think her boyfriend Stefan, played by Melvil Poupaud, is someone else entirely and decides to investigate unravelling a very dark and disturbing reality. Heady gives a spectacular performance, which I fear may be ignored by many, as a woman whose reality is slowly falling apart, she portrays the character wonderfully real and does not let the complex material phase her portrayal of Gina's emotional decline. The supporting cast also gives believable performances, which again will most likely be ignored due to the material of the film itself, and the scripting of the characters has been done very well but a little too well as the film seems to rely on this which is all good but it makes the jumps and horror of the script feel undermined. The slow pace will not suit everyone some people will find themselves being bored about 20-30 minutes in but those who stick around will either be satisfied or highly confused and by default decide they hate it in fear of being seen inferior intellectually. The use of colour is another strong point of the film, the fantastic use of good/evil imagery was nothing short of brilliant and it conjures Gothic imagery akin to Edgar Allen Poe, who is quoted at the beginning.
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It's not an amazingly spectacular psychological film nor is it an awful film, it's a good portrayal of a woman's struggle to come to terms with her new reality. Poe would have been proud.
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